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Before I Go To Sleep by JS Watson

Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel - S. J. Watson


Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.


My Review

Having not read any reviews of this book I started it as a fresh blank canvas. 

I found this book is so exciting I could not put it down, no really, I couldn’t stop reading. I started reading just before 8am and finished it around 9.30pm.


An edge of the seat read, each ‘day’ bringing a new roller coaster of emotions.

The plot not only explores the notion that memories define us but shows a hint of personality being more than memories.  It stops and makes you think about yourself and your own memories, you try and imagine yourself in Christine’s place…not knowing…

It is a book that lingers in your mind after you have finished, you search back into your own memory to see if there was a point that you guessed the outcome.  Nope, I didn’t guess right up until the end.  


Psychological thrillers can often be a disappointment, but this one is so intriguing you cannot let the story go.


Watson shows how scary it must be to wake up in a strange house, next to a strange man, and seeing yourself 20 years older that you know yourself to be, every single day.  A husband you don’t remember, and your own face aged. 


I loved the characters in this book, as they performed different to how I wanted them to, and there was always a hint of not really knowing anyone.


I could imagine the way Christine starts each day as if its the first day of your life.  The loneliness it must create.  Being based on the life of amnesiacs, this also has a small resonance of living with dementia, when you can wake up in the morning having forgotten the past few days, progressing to not knowing your own family members, living each day in isolation.  


I usually find that films do not match up to the excitement of the book, although if it stays true to Watson’s story it will be worth watching.


Psychological thriller at its best - no question about that.  Nicely written this is a must read.


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